March 22, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Lumberjack bullpen surrendered only two hits in four innings of work, but they were the biggest of the night for No. 6 Texas A&M as they both came with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning and spoiled SFA's upset bid with a 7-5 win at Olsen Field.
Despite out-hitting the Aggies (16-5) 9-6, the loss snaps SFA's (16-6) 11-game win streak and evened the score after the `Jacks upset the Aggies last season in College Station. Jacob House delivered the go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the eighth as part of his three-RBI night, foiling a comeback after SFA had erased a 4-0 lead.
Bryson Myles finished 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the seventh that tied the game, and Michael Haynes had a pair of RBI hits, including a two-out single in the top of the eighth that gave SFA a 5-4 advantage. In all, Lumberjack pitchers struck out eight hitters and allowed just six hits, including seven punch outs from four members of the SFA bullpen.
Colton Eubanks took his first loss of the season, while Nick Fleece earned his third win of the year for the Aggies. Joaquin Hinojosa entered to pitch a perfect ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
Texas A&M had taken a 4-0 lead after just four innings, scoring two runs apiece in both the second and fourth innings against SFA starter Justin Braddock. House pushed in his first RBI of the night in the second with an RBI triple and Troy Stein added an RBI grounder one batter later for the first two Aggie runs, while Stein and Kenny Jackson added an RBI apiece in the fourth.
One inning later, SFA began it's comeback as Haynes delivered a one-out single up the middle to score Hunter Dozier for SFA's first run. Darren Crabtree then doubled to lead off the sixth and eventually came around to score on a throwing error by Kyle Martin on an attempted pickoff with the bases loaded to cut the lead to 4-2.
Still, the Aggie reliever managed to keep the `Jacks off the board any more with two runners in scoring position and less than two outs by coaxing grounder to third from Bryce Cummings and Dozier. But after Alex Moshier pitched the first of his two perfect innings in the sixth, Myles tied it up in the top of the seventh when he launched a two-run homer off the video board in left-center field on a 2-2 pitch off of Martin to knot it up at 4-4.
The `Jacks put the next two runners on, but the Aggies got a double play and a grounder to keep the score tied with no more damage. Texas A&M went down in order in the seventh before Jackson Hood became the third straight leadoff man for SFA to reach, doubling into the left-center gap to put the go-ahead runner on board. Three batters later, Haynes shot a two-strike pitch through the right side of the infield off of Fleece to put the `Jacks in front for the first time at 5-4.
Eubanks then entered to face the top of the order in the eighth, and after retiring each of the first two hitters, lost right fielder Tyler Naquin for a two-out walk. Matt Juengel then followed with his second single of the day to put two runners on for the Aggies. The `Jacks then went to the bullpen once again for Chase Wier, who got ahead of House 1-2 before the lefty smoked one into the gap for what proved to be the game-winning hit.
House scored on a wild pitch two pitches later for an Aggie insurance run, which proved to be not needed as Hinojosa needed just 10 pitches to get through the ninth.
The Lumberjacks return to action on Friday when they host Nicholls for a three-game Southland Conference series beginning at 3:00 p.m. at Jaycees Field.